AEI♥U Challenge #33 – Friendship

It’s time for a new AEI♥U Challenge!! This month’s theme is friendship – a perfect theme given that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!

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Here’s my take on the challenge theme:

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I couldn’t resist pairing the whales in the Whale Hello set. At some point, when my sons were much younger, we had several whale books, and I could identify one from another. But I’ve forgotten a lot of that stuff (along with all of the different dinosaurs)! I do know that in the PNW, there are a lot of Orca whales, which we occasionally see traveling in their pods.

I created the card background using the smooshing technique with a variety of Distress Inks. I watercolored the whales using watercolor pencils, Distress Inks, and once dry, I added more shading with colored pencils.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until  February 24, 2016 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #32 – Winter

Happy New Year! It’s time for a new AEI♥U Challenge!! This month’s theme is winter!

Here’s my take on the challenge theme:

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I stamped the images from the Penguin Greetings set onto the card base and colored them with colored pencils (and Gamsol). I added a sentiment using the “warm” die from Penguin Greetings ELLE-ments set and heat-embossed words from the Penguin Greetings set.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until  January 26, 2016 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #31 – Metallics

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Metallics. Here’s my take on the theme in which I incorporated three metallic materials:

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I cut the snowflakes (Noel and Snow Caps die sets), mountain tops (Snow Caps die set) and snowy hill (Snow Caps die set) out of white cardstock. The mountains were cut from silver foil paper. The scene’s background is gold glitter paper. The card front (cut with a die in the Custom Panels set) is brushed silver cardstock. For a bit of color, I stamped the sentiment from FA LA LA (and cut with the coordinating die) in red pigment ink.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have  December  26, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #30 – Holiday Tags

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is holiday tags, and we’re teaming up with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event.

Here’s my holiday tag featuring the moose from the Avery Elle Snow Much Fun set:

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I stamped the moose, colored him with Copics and cut him with the Elle-ments companion die. I stamped the banner from the FA LA LA set and cut it with it’s companion die. I cut a snowbank with a die from the Snow Caps set and cut it again with the tag die, adhering it to a tag cut out of blue cardstock.

I also created two more tags in a similar manner featuring other cute images from the Snow Much Fun set!

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There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have  until November 26, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #29 – Think Pink

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Think Pink! Here’s my take on the theme:

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I stamped Goldie onto white cardstock and colored her with Copic markers. I then cut her out with a companion die. I stamped the sentiment and grass tufts onto the mint blue cardstock and cut the panel with one of the Double Pierced Rectangle dies. The balloons were cut with the two of the dies in the Balloons Elle-ments set and colored with Copic markers. (I first tried using balloons cut from colored cardstock but the pinks didn’t match the color in Goldie’s outfit, and I decided that they needed to match! I also think that the Copic coloring adds a little oomph to the balloons, whereas the colored cardstock was a little dull.)

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There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on October 27, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #28 – Non-White Card Base

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Non-White Card Base! Here’s my take on the theme:

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I stamped and heat-embossed the birds from Tweet Tweet on kraft cardstock and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment from Simply Said: You was heat-embossed white on black cardstock.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on September 26, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #27 – Embossing

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Embossing! Here’s my take on the theme:

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I stamped and heat embossed the van from Surf’s Up three times on watercolor paper. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Sending You. ( I did so in two steps – by first stamping and heat embossing the “sending” and then “good vibes.” When I tried stamping the two pieces of the sentiment at the same time, I couldn’t get them close enough together.)

I used Peerless Watercolors to color the vans. Once the panel was dry, I cut it with the frame in Custom Panels. I cut the hearts from watercolored paper with dies from the Finished Frames set. As a final step, I added Glossy Accents to the hearts.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret embossing  for this challenge!

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on August 27, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #26 – Sparkle

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Sparkle!

Here’s my take on the AEI♥U Challenge Sparkle Challenge:

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I created a birthday card for someone turning 50 – if there’s ever a time to bring out the glitter, 50 is it! I die cut the Numbered Balloons out of glitter paper and attached silver May Arts twine to them with tape on the back. I stamped the skyline from the Avery Elle Super set with Versamark ink, heat embossed with American Crafts silver glitter embossing powder, and cut it out with the corresponding die. I stamped the sentiment from Party Animal on the card base. I adhered the balloons with dimensional adhesive, taping down the strings. I placed the skyline over the balloon strings with dimensional adhesive as well.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret sparkle for this challenge!

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on July 27, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #25 – Rainbow

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! The theme this month is Rainbow.

Here’s my take on the AEI♥U Challenge Rainbow Challenge:

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I stamped the lanterns and sentiment with stamps in the Bunting set and cut the lanterns out with their coordinating Elle-ments dies. The strings and ribbons were also die cut with the Bunting Elle-ments set. For a little more color, I added stars cut with dies from the Finished Frames Elle-ments set.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret rainbow for this challenge!

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on June  26, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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AEI♥U Challenge #24 – Spring

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This theme this month is spring.

What does spring mean to you? Bright flowers, sunshine, white puffy clouds? Living in the Pacific Northwest, we experience spring, but it’s also often rainy, so I decided to play a bit with this theme.

Here’s my take on the AEI♥U Spring Challenge:

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I stamped the Weather It stamp set (with coordinating Elle-ments dies) on patterned paper and on cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from Sending You onto Avery Elle patterned paper to which I adhered clouds, also cut from Avery Elle paper. The hearts and the bow (on the umbrella) were cut with dies included in the Finished Frames Elle-ments set.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret spring for this challenge!

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until 12:01 AM on May 27, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!

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